Mesquite

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Hundreds turned out at Horn High School in Mesquite Monday evening for a candlelight vigil in memory of Shania Gray.

DART

In two weeks the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System will for the first time provide service for Mesquite. 

Mesquite is not part of DART, but the city has agreed to pay the transit agency $303,000 a year in exchange for Mesquite riders having access toDART’s buses and trains.

For seven dollars a day riders will be able to take an express bus from Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium to DART’s green line at the Lawnview station. 

From there Mesquite passengers can use the entire DART system.

Dallas, TX – This week, the Mesquite School District won another top honor for student achievement. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on Mesquite's winning formula.

In classroom - Starla Richter: Does a poem always have to rhyme? Students: No.

Third grade teacher Starla Richter is teaching language arts using poetry examples flashed on a screen. Learning here is fun, the quizzing is like a game. Children speak the answers, but can also click them on a handheld device.

Dallas, TX – A laid-off Dallas teacher shared the stage with President Barack Obama Tuesday as he lobbied for his jobs bill at Eastfield College in Mesquite.

Dallas social studies teacher Kimberly Russell lost her job when state budget cuts triggered teacher layoffs. She put a face on unemployment as she endorsed the President's plan.

Russell: I'm hoping Congress will pass the American Jobs Act to help teachers like me get back to work soon.